With a huge amount of space and so many possibilities, Natalia Muzkat from Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours is brimming with ideas for the community organisation’s new home at 21 Off Street.
Formerly the offices of LNG company Saipem, there are several new initiatives in the pipeline at WIN too – including a home-away-from-home for inclusive Gladstone:
“We’d like to basically open the space up to everyone – it’s not only our offices, it’s the Gladstone Inclusion Centre.
“We hope it will become a resource and hub for local organisations who share our values of inclusion, diversity, community and collaboration.”
Natalia said markets, group meetings, relaxation classes and workshops could be some of the events held at the Inclusion Centre, complementing WIN’s events calendar of language lessons, parenting programs, skills- and work-readiness training and more:
“The parenting programs which we’ve been running elsewhere, the English classes and all the other language classes -we’re looking at holding all of them here as soon as we can get some more furniture,” Natalia said. A donations drive is currently in progress to help fill the roomy centre.
Recently named finalists in the Queensland Training Awards, WIN is responding to the needs of a growing aged care sector in our diverse population, providing Certificate III training in Individual Support for fourteen workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Not content to rest on her laurels, Natalia says they’re ready for more projects:
“Anything new that can come, there are so many new opportunities now that we have a new space!”
You can visit WIN at 21 Off Street. If you would like to contribute to the Donations Drive for the Gladstone Inclusion Centre, search for Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Inc. Gladstone on Facebook.